It was a sweltering day in Interior Alaska, and everyone seemed to take it in stride.

Just south of Healy, Otto Lake was a busy spot for boaters, swimmers and groups enjoying a happy picnic at the pavilion. But for the Healy Lions Club, it was a day of hard work, maintaining the public park there. Members mowed the overgrown lawn in the hot sun.

Farther north, residents of the riverside community of Nenana spent the day outside at a special fundraiser for the Nenana Volunteer Fire Department. There were hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream, a bouncy house for kids, and bike races for all ages.

Fire Chief Joe Forness was a popular attraction and a lucrative fundraiser in the dunk tank — not a bad place to be on such a hot day. However, he claimed the water had not warmed up much over the couple hours it had been sitting there.

There were raffles, a silent auction and lots of live music. Special guests at the fundraiser were state officials who made up the Capital Band, including state representative Dave Talerico.

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Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.